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Huawei released both smartphones at the same time, in March of 2019.
In this article, we see how the P30 and the P30 Pro compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.
If you have the time, click here to skip the spoilers and continue to the full comparison.
The P30 definitely has the P30 Pro beaten on price. That's something to consider when making a comparison between the two.
Do consider avoiding the P30, as it isn't getting any security updates.
While scrolling down, you'll see a "Tek-Score" for each phone in every section. We even assessed the worth of all specifications to make it easier for you to perceive the difference between them. There's also a global rate for you to compare them to other phones if you're interested in other than these two.
Our Tek-Score is based on a study done by Globalwebindex.com about the most wanted features from people looking to buy new smartphones. But you'll get a say in the matter by setting it to what matters to you. You can check this out now, or just keep reading until you get there.
For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.
Some features are underlined with a red or green progress bar. That's to show how they compare with other smartphones with similar prices.
Here's our contestant panel: but basically, we've excluded every smartphone that's not within a 20% (above or below) price range.
Some features are also shortcuts to the best 10 phones on that for up to seven different budgets.
|Release Date||2019, March||2019, March||0y.|
|OS Updates||2 years||2 years||0y.|
|Security Updates||2 years||2 years||0y.|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
You won't find a winner here, as both share the same Geekbench 5 rate. Basically, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference.
It's safe to say that both of them can be tagged as lower high-end.
Both share the same SoC (the Hisilicon Kirin 980), which means you should expect the same performance.
They also share the same graphics chipset: a Mali-G76 MP10.
Both smartphones come equipped with the Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10 OS.
|SoC||Hisilicon Kirin 980||Hisilicon Kirin 980|
|Graphics||Mali-G76 MP10||Mali-G76 MP10|
|Geekbench 5 Score||2406
|OS||Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10||Android 9 (Pie) and EMUI 10|
*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.
They ended up with identical rates, so you have to decide for yourself.
The P30 Pro features a 6.4" AMOLED display, while the P30 has a smaller 6.1" AMOLED display. You'll likely have set your preferences already on the display type and size. Do you favor AMOLED screens?
These phones share the same amount of pixels: 1080x2340 Full HD.
It's better to be safe than sorry, so I have to put this out: Oddly enough, none of these have any kind of glass protection.
If you're looking for the Always-On-Display feature, rest assured: it's here on both.
When it comes to outdoor visibility, you can count on 635 nits maximum brightness for both Huaweis.
These two can play HDR10 media.
If you're leaning towards the P30, 96% of its rivals can play HDR content, 88% have an AMOLED screen, and 76% of them have an Always-On display.
Regarding the P30 Pro, I should say that 88% of its rivals can play HDR content, 96% have an AMOLED screen, and 92% of them have an Always-On display.
|Display Density (DPIs)*||vs.|
|Dots per Inch||422.49
|Peak Brightness||635 nits
*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.
I don't see a meaningful winner in the camera department.
Let's delve into their cameras. Huawei's P30 can record videos at up to 2160p. It also has a shooter with a whopping 40 Megapixels, an aperture of f/1.8, a 27mm wide-angle lens, two flash LEDs, and HDR capabilities.
It also features two auxiliary cameras. One has 8 Megapixels and an aperture of f/2.4 plus an 80mm telephoto lens. And another shooter with 16 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 17mm ultra-wide-angle lens.
Do you really need a 40 Megapixels camera? Did you know you can zoom in and crop those photos to simulate optical zoom? That's how you can get a sample with 10 Megapixels and 2x optical zoom.
The selfie camera is a generous 32 MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture complemented with a 26 mm wide-angle lens.
I would've loved it if DXOMARK reviewed this camera, but we can place it at around 119* points. Then, if you consider the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, it can go up to 132** points.
PS: you should know that all of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more and have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and 84% of them feature Optical Image Stabilization. However, only 20% of them feature a macro lens.
Adding to its whopping 40 Megapixels shooter, the P30 Pro's leading camera has an aperture of f/1.6 and a 27mm, wide-angle lens. You'll be getting two flash LEDs, HDR capabilities, and Optical Image Stabilization too. You can record videos at 2160p. It also has a secondary 8 Megapixels camera with an aperture of f/3.4 and an astounding 125mm telephoto lens, and an extra 20 Megapixels (f/2.2) with a 16mm ultra-wide-angle lens, plus a depth sensor.
Did you know? By zooming in and cropping a 40 Megapixels photo, you can get the same results as you'd get on a 10 Megapixels 2x optical zoom camera, just like the P30.
What this picture-taking powerhouse is known for in the tech world is it's 50x hybrid zoom. While not being as good as a genuine 50x optical lens, thanks to AI, it is much better than the traditional digital zoom.
On the front, there's the same f/2.0 32 MP camera and the same 26 mm wide-angle lens.
DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 122. Plus, combining with the telephoto and wide-angle lenses, this score goes up to 137** points. You can click here to check it out.
Last (but not least), if you must know, all of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, have an ultra-wide-angle lens, and feature Optical Image Stabilization. Additionally, only 17% of them feature a macro lens.
If you're not a numbers person, we can tag these two more like high-end.
Just because the P30 Pro rules the optical zoom round doesn't mean that the 3x optical zoom of the P30 isn't a great feature.
Additionally, the P30 Pro zoom lens is 62mm above what you'll commonly find on related-priced phones.
*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. So whenever I come across one such camera, I consider every camera spec and give an approximated rate. You should give it a borderline margin of error of 2 points.
**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just revised their formula, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.
|Primary Camera||P30||P30 Pro|
*Reference: 100: Huawei Mate 40 Pro.
|Extra Camera(s)||P30||P30 Pro||vs.|
|Lens||80mm (3x zoom)
||125mm (4.6x zoom)
|Lens Type||Telephoto lens||Telephoto lens|
|Selfie Camera||P30||P30 Pro||vs.|
The P30 Pro does stand out because of its water resistance.
The P30 is 149 mm (5.87 inches) tall and 71 mm (2.80 inches) wide. Huawei's P30 Pro is a bit taller, precisely 9 mm (0.35 inches), and a bit larger too, about 2 mm (0.08 inches).
The first has a thickness of 7 mm (0.28 inches), while the second has about 8 mm (0.32 inches).
The glass rear on these phones makes them feel great on the hand. The P30 Pro is 27 g. (1.06 oz) heavier than its sibling, which sits at 165 g. (5.82 oz). If you're curious, I've developed a formula for a kind of "display size to phone weight" ratio. The P30 got a score of 6.7, which means it has a pretty nice weight for a 6.1 inches screen. Having said that, the P30 Pro has 4.5, so nothing to state here.
You'll also get some color options here. The Huawei P30 Pro comes in Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Misty Lavender, Pearl White, Black, and Mystic Blue. The Huawei P30, in its turn, comes in Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Black, and Pearl White.
If you like to keep your phones small, consider getting the Huawei P30. Otherwise, the other is the one.
What about a fingerprint scanner? They all have one.
The P30 Pro truly is water-resistant. It can be submerged 1 to 3 meters deep. Remember that it shouldn't be for over half an hour, and it's standby mode only. So don't take photos underwater.
|Size||149 x 71 x 7 mm
(5.26 x 2.50 x 0.25 in)
|158 x 73 x 8 mm
(5.57 x 2.58 x 0.28 in)
|Weight||165 g. (5.82 oz)
||192 g. (6.77 oz)
|Build||Front and back glass||Front and back glass|
|Colors||Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Black, and Pearl White||Aurora, Breathing Crystal, Amber Sunrise, Misty Lavender, Pearl White, Black, and Mystic Blue|
|Screen To Body Ratio||86.34%
|Disp.Size To Weight Score||6.7||4.5||-2.2|
|Biometrics||Under Display Fingerprint||Under Display Fingerprint|
*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.
The P30 does have a smaller battery, with 3650 mAh, while the P30 Pro has 4200 mAh. But as claimed by GSMArena, there's no real difference between them.
That's what you can expect from the P30 after charging it up:
And this is what you'll get out of the P30 Pro:
You should know that the P30 Pro also does overcome pretty much every phone out there. Just check out our best-of listing.
Both phones support fast-charging. You can charge the P30 at a maximum of 22w/hour and the P30 Pro up to 40w/hour.
If you really need wireless charging, P30 Pro is the one. It can do 15w/hour.
You can also use the P30 Pro reverse wireless charging to charge any Qi-enabled device up to 2.5w per hour.
Quick charging is reasonably speedy with the P30 Pro's charger. Other devices from this price range usually sit at nearly 29w.
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video||83% left
|1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video||69% left
|1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video||71% left
|Bat. To Phone Size Score||7.1||5.3||-1.8|
*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.
None of them has.
Huawei put 6GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage on the P30. There's nothing to worry about because if it's too short for you, you can buy a Nano Memory card.
The P30 Pro also offers 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM. You can also count on the Nano Memory card to save the day.
|Micro SD||Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)||Nano Memory (shared SIM slot)|
*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).
The P30, as it features a headphone jack.
When it comes to connectivity, you can count on the traditional Bluetooth 5.0 chip. As for the NFC chips, both have them.
If you love good-old wired headphones, you can count on the P30. You may go for an adapter as a last resort on the P30 Pro, but it really isn't the same.
Both have a single network variant: LTE. If you really want to give 5G a try, you should also check the Samsung Galaxy S21.
The Huawei P30 may not be the best bang for your buck. But if you do search for any deals and price drops, things can get interesting. Promotions aside, the P30 Pro is more expensive, but I'm not here to tell you if it's worth it.
I hope the following tables will help you make a wiser decision.
Here are the prices that we've come across recently:
Huawei P30 Pro
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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).
Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.
|Value for money||P30||P30 Pro||VS|
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Are you also considering other options? The global score can help. But first, let's see where its rivals are. The P30 class is at 6.4, and the P30 Pro 6.8.
Is the P30 camera enough for a photography enthusiast? Well, that's the $200 question that you may be facing. That's what you save if you can live with 3x of optical zoom (which is most that the average phone will give you).
Don't get me wrong, the P30 also has a hybrid combination that can give you a zoom of up 30x, but it really isn't the same.
Because this isn't a camera battle only, you'll also get a bigger screen with the P30 Pro and amazingly fast charging, and fast wireless charging, but that's about it.
One thing that shocked me was the lack of a Gorilla Glass protection on their full-glass body. That's just too dangerous to live with.
|#5||Battery Life||Fast Charging|
|#6||Fast Charging||Wireless Charging|
|#7||MicroSD Slot||MicroSD Slot|
|#2||Glass Protection||3.5mm Jack|
|Global Score||P30||P30 Pro|
Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.
|Total||Should be 10 or as close as possible:||9.6|
*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
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